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First Emirati astronaut receives honorary doctorate

Khalifa University School of Science and Technology awarded its first-ever honorary doctorate to Hazza Al Mansouri, the first Emirati astronaut and the first Arab astronaut to visit the International Space Station (ISS).

You’ve heard about the rule of three, well forget that; it’s all about firsts these days!

Khalifa University houses the Aerospace Research and Innovation Center (ARIC) and also established the first advanced space laboratory in the region. 

So, it’s only fitting that the academic institution is celebrating Hazza Al Mansouri in a major way.

The university is the first in the UAE to graduate a class of aerospace engineers and offers bachelor, master and doctoral degrees in aerospace engineering.

Master’s students at the university have built MySat-1, the first CubeSat developed in a university lab in the UAE, which was launched into space from the ISS.

In addition to strides made by its student, Khalifa University has strategic partnerships with the Emirates Space Agency, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center and Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (YahSat).

The honorary doctorate was awarded to astronaut Hazza Al Mansouri in recognition of his historic achievement and highlights its role in supporting the UAE’s space sector.

His Highness Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court and Chairman of Khalifa University Board of Trustees, said that Hazza Al Mansouri’s journey to space was inspirational to the university students as it acts as a motivation to the UAE students to fulfill their ambitions, no matter what the difficulties are.

As a leading university in the field of aerospace research, honouring UAE astronaut Hazza Al Mansouri by awarding the first honorary doctorate is part of the university’s mission to encourage the UAE youth to take up science for higher studies and professional careers, he pointed out.

Hazza Al Mansouri returned a few days ago from a historic week-long space visit to the ISS, on board the Soyuz MS15 spacecraft, where he conducted a series of scientific tests to experiment with fluid dynamics in space.

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